Powermax pre-spray oz per gal.

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  1. Shanew

    Shanew Member

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    I'm gonna use Powermax tomorrow for the first time. Label says for pre-spary use
    8oz per gallon. Seems like alot to me. I use a pump up sprayer. What kind
    of mix are you guys using in a pump up sprayer?
     
  2. locko-fabara

    locko-fabara TMF Portable & VCT Specialist

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    6 oz is fine, but if the place is rat nasty then 8 will make it, real good overall product. make sure before you pour it in the tank, you need to mix it well.
     
  3. Kevin Dumas

    Kevin Dumas Well-Known Member

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    A lot depends on whether you are going to mist it on or fire hose it on,
    Portable clean it or Truckmount clean it.
    I rarely exceed 2ounce for light soil to 4ounce for moderate soil.
    About the only time I will exceed that is a Rat Nasty or Tile cleaning.
     
  4. Lancet913

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    Thats what I use in a pump up sprayer. My extractor is an M5, if you use it as directed make sure you use defoamer. I always do a light mist overall and a little extra on heavy soiled areas.

    ***edit***
    I use PowerMax at full strength
     
  5. Shanew

    Shanew Member

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    I use a pump up srayer with a porty. I guess i'll start at 3 oz per gallon and go from there. Thanks.
     
  6. Larry Cobb

    Larry Cobb Well-Known Member

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    Shane;

    I would say it depends mainly on the performance of your extractor system.

    1. A Dual 2-stage 100 PSI Extractor w/no heat & Pump-Up sprayer

    2. A Dual 3-stage 200 PSI Extractor w/no heat

    3. A Dual 3-stage 500 PSI Extractor w/ High Flow Wand

    4. A Triple 3-stage 500 PSI Extractor w/ High Flow Wand

    5. A 34 HP Truckmount with 230° Heat w/ High Flow Wand and Inline Sprayer

    I would start with 8 oz./Gallon for System #1

    and decrease to ~3oz/Gallon for System #5

    Pick your extractor performance level.

    Let the board know how it works on your tough jobs.

    Larry

    Also with a Pump-Up, you typically spray less prespray per room.
    (It will build some pressure in your tank)
     
  7. Jan Sullins

    Jan Sullins Well-Known Member

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    If done properly I think an inline sprayer like a Hydroforce is a great way to
    put down prespray. You can safely put it down up to 180 degrees which really
    gets the cleaning of the traffic areas a good start. One can apply it more evenly
    and at a pressure that will give adequate coverage.
    Personally I will do a room and them use my shut off vavle on pressure hose
    and hook it up to wand. If a few minutes have passed I will begine rinsing with
    a hot rinse usually mine is set at 350 psi . I use a propane heater specifically a
    2HT which does not use very much propane to maintain heated solutions.
    I admit I don't know anything about Powermax so it may be different. I just ordered
    a case of Preload. At this time I use Bridgepointe Fiber Plus powder at a dilution of
    1/3 ounce per gallon. The ph of the prespray I was using was about 9.8 but my
    rinsing agents ph is about 7.5 . If I want a little more then I would add up to 1/2 ounce
    per gallon and have 8PH. So far even with 2 really dirty jobs I have been very happy
    with the performance of our system chemical and equipment. The prespray I have
    been using is Ultrapac Trafficlean. I always post spray with an acidic H2O2 dilution
    2 ounces to a 2 quart sprayer. I just mist it on all the carpet when done.

    Jan
     

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